Translation Tester, Part 2 – Approach

In part 1 of this series I described the problem I’m trying to solve. Before I delve into solving the problem I’d like to take a quick moment to reflect on the development approach I plan to take for this project.

This is the first time I’ve tried to do any development outside of work, so I’m going to acknowledge from the outset that I don’t have a very detailed approach in mind, and I’m more than likely to change it as I go along. This fits quite well with my experience of agile development methodologies, so I’m going to try and put as many of the agile techniques into practice that I can. I’m pretty much development centric, so I’d also like to have a look at some of the related skills relating to requirements analyis and project management.

So as I see it the stages that I’ll need to go through in approximate order are:

  1. Initial requirements
  2. Iteration 0 – Get a skeleton solution with Continuous Integration etc
  3. High Level Design – I don’t want to get into too much detail at this stage, but just taking a moment to think of a broad design might help
  4. Find a suitable requirement/use case and implement it using Test Driven Development
  5. Analyse what comes out of the implementation and update requirements etc as needed. Lessons learned etc.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the requirements have been met.

So that’s my very rough approach, I’m sure I’ve missed oodles, so please drop a comment to suggest any pit-falls etc.

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About Alex McMahon

I am a software developer, interested in .net, agile, alt.net. I've previously specialised with .net 3.0 technologies like WCF, whereas now I am trying to specialise in agile development and best practice and patterns. I am obsessed with looking at the latest technologies, tools, and methods, and trying them out. I am currently employed by Rockwell Collins in the UK.
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